Sunday, 27 April 2014

Week 17 - easter week off

All images are from my Instagram.

This has been such a good week. Most likely because I was off Monday and Tuesday (during which I did NOTHING) and then I had to work from home the remaining days. Working from home isn't fun in the long run (I get socially deprived and then I go crazy) but it's nice if you only have to do it once in a while. Mainly because you don't have to commute for an hour each morning and you can eat all the time without anyone judging you. On Thursday I had tea and cake company in the evening as well so that helped my deprivation.

I also got my roots bleached. Due to the awkward hair length (it's been three months since I cut it, THREE MONTHS) my hair still looks crazy but at least I'm doing what I can. Afterwards I may have fallen right into Topshop and just at the entrance I found the shorts in my dreams. I have seriously been lusting after a pair of fancier shorts in a silky fabric since last year but until now I've had no such luck. In other words, I couldn't pass them up, there was just no way. I also bought one of the Topshop cream blushes in Head Over Heels and it was a good purchase. A perfect coral shade which can be used subtly or more "my cheeks are neon", if you fancy it.

It's been good weather too (again, another sign that the shorts were necessary) and yesterday me and Steve drove up to Portrush to stay at a friend's summer house. We had a BBQ, played games and tumbled into bed around 3am. The day after we have a tradition of the host cooking everyone a giant fry while the rest of us drink tea. It tends to last for hours, that morning routine. Which is in no way a bad thing. Me and Steve got back this afternoon and now I'm listening to music, reading blogs and preparing for assisting in tutorials the following week. Next week will fly by, no doubt about it.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Reading A Game of Thrones

I started reading A Game of Thrones several months ago. And then I stopped, having read less than a fifth of the book. At the time I felt like the book was too slow-paced, there was too many characters and houses to keep track of and so many little details that the TV show couldn't include. It can't be denied that reading a book when you are already up to date with the TV show is a lot like re-reading a book; there is no point in doing it to see where the story goes. Instead you have to read it because you appreciated the story the first time around and now you want to re-experience it. When the premier of season four aired two weeks ago I suddenly picked up the book again and then I got hooked.

If you haven't seen the TV show I would like to say two things. First of all, where have you been the last few years? And secondly, go read this book. It takes a while to get into the story (because it is after all the introducing book in a long series) but it holds a steady pace after that. Don't give up on the politics of the houses in Westeros! After a while you'll remember the (crucial) difference between the Tyrells and the Martells. If you struggle with all the characters who are all named the same thing (Jeor Mormont, Jorah Mormont, Jorelle Mormont, what?) - download the World of Ice and Fire app. You can buy the pack for the first book so that there are no spoilers and it lists the houses, characters, places etc. There is even maps, which I personally loved because I knew exactly what the characters meant when they discussed battle strategies. Flank the right side of the river? The obvious choice m'lord.

It is well-written and easier to read than e.g. Lord of the Rings. (Funnier too.) Obviously I was already invested in the charaters but the book definitely allows you to get to know them better. The story is exciting and realistic, with so many different intrigues. Characters aren't good or evil, they are just humans with their own goals and motivations. I loved reading the book and I already knew what was going to happen. I can't even imagine how good this book would be if you had never seen the TV show. (So go read it.)

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Five everyday makeup products

A post about makeup!

Lets first of all applaud the "bloom" effect which I use to death on all my photos. The photos used to be just grainy. Now they're grainy and bright!

In the interest of writing about things that interest me (that's a tongue-twister) I felt like a post about makeup was necessary. Because recently I have become more appreciative of a makeup routine that allows me an extra five minutes in bed. Or an extra five minutes eating my breakfast (the forever battle between food and sleep you know). Plus it's spring and we all want that natural appearance. And I find that these are five products that I constantly want to use.

After moisturising I start by strategically placing the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer under my eyes, in the creases around my nose and then a little bit on my jawline. All of the areas where my skin turns a weird red or blue/purple colour. I blend everything and also move a little of the concealer under my eyes to my eyelids as well. Just enough to make them appear slightly more nude coloured. I then place the Rimmel blush in Santa Rose on my cheekbones. This stuff is magic. I bought it last year and I have been more loyal to this blush than anything else in my makeup bag. Lastly I draw (yes, draw) lines down my cheekbones, my nose, cupid's bow and chin with the No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter and blend. Face done.

I then use my Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara which I love. Unfortunately it's not waterproof which means that I only use it if it's not raining heavily (which is about half of the time). At this point I could be done or if I feel a little fancy I'll put on eyeliner (but it makes this routine twice as long). I've recently fallen back in love with eyeliner and cat flicks, especially if the rest of your makeup is very simple. Although a felt tip liner is much easier to apply, this Rimmel Glam' Eyes liquid liner stays put for so much longer. A necessity when you're out of the house for ten or eleven hours a day. A bit of lip balm, a cup of coffee and you're no longer the office zombie!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Week 16 - easter

Uuuuh I have eaten SO much this week. (Last week actually, because I'm a day late with my Sunday update. I'm just surprised neither of my parents have called to check if I'm alive. Actually, I'm a little bit offended they haven't?! Just a side note.) This healthy eating has gone completely out the window the past few weeks BUT I actually feel ready to throw out all the sweets. I can't handle more cake and chocolate.

So my workweek would have been like any other week if it wasn't for the fact that I only had to work four days before getting off for Easter. I celebrated on Thursday by eating burritos and seeing The Double (which is a strange strange movie) with the other students in my office. On Friday morning Steve had a doctor's appointment and I ran into the drugstore to get a new nail polish. I'm on the hunt for a nice mint colour and I thought the Barry M's new Sugar Apple would be the one but... Alas, no. (?) It's too vivid, I want something paler. We also got our groceries and I got an Easter egg plus tulips. That Steve knows how I want to spend my Easter. The other day I got feathers and I tried fastening them on some branches to make an Easter tree but I failed miserably.

We have had quite nice weather all weekend so I've spent most of it in the garden. If we had a BBQ grill we would've done some BBQing but instead we had pizza on Saturday. Flawless logic, right there. I bought three of David Mitchell's books (which I already have as e-books) the other day and so I've now started re-reading Number9dream, which happens to be my favourite. Speaking of books, I'm nearly done with the first Game of Thrones book. Exciting stuff. Yesterday we went to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and it was one of the best superhero movies I have seen in a while. Of all the superheroes I have always been extra fond of Spiderman and I also feel like Emma Stone can do no wrong. Especially not teamed up with whoever is in charge of her wardrobe in that movie.

Last but not least; I ordered tickets to go to Sweden in May. It wasn't so much a choice as a necessity as I realised that my passport expires in May. I now have to go to Sweden, apply for a new passport and wait there until my new passport arrives. It isn't particularly good timing and I'm going to have to work all week while I'm there... But I can't wait to see my family!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

10 reasons to smile 23.0

Image from my Pinterest.

one - It is a four day week because on Friday it's Good Friday. Four day weeks are the thing that gets me through five day weeks.

two - I gave blood yesterday and I did not faint! It might not seem like a big deal (it does however seem like I just mentioned this to brag about my good deed but I swear that is not the case) but I get lightheaded after scraping my knees. Sidenote; I refused to actually look at the blood.

three - Tonight I did exercise despite being 99% certain that I was too tired for it. Lifetime achievement. (Full disclosure - I have been exhausted since Saturday night so it's no doubt my own fault).

four - On Sunday I ordered the last few David Mitchell (not the comedian) books that I didn't already have in physical form (as opposed to e-book). Material happiness <3

five - Tomorrow Don Draper returns to my life.

six - I have figured out what to get Steve for his 25th birthday and as the control freak I am I enjoy planning more than the actual giving the present. (More than he will enjoy receiving the present probably.)

seven - Just to prove that I am as predictable as you could get - I can't believe it's mid-April?! And I can't wait for summer despite the fact that the chances our summer is as summery as last year's are minimal.

eight - I managed to get back into reading Game of Thrones. And... I think I Get It. At the start I was like "right it's cold, just get over it" but now I've found myself getting into it more. (By the way, last night's episode?! Dad, when you read this text me so we can discuss this thoroughly.)

nine - When my family was over I decided to grow my hair out again. I'm now at the 9 week mark (so not very far at all) which is three weeks past my usual hair cutting appointment and suddenly it looks good again? I'm just going to enjoy this weird over-grown stage for as long as it lasts. Which is probably another two days and then I'll go back to looking like a freak.

ten - Secret happy stuff! Kind of.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Week 15 - a week in which I did nothing but eat

"Food and selfies" is what I thought when I looked through this week's Instagram photos. Which is fairly representative of my life, I'm sad to say. I'm gonna warn you right now; this week has been heavy on the eating. I've been eating out a lot and I'm gonna list everything for no reason at all.

On Monday I was at the office, Tuesday I had some training at uni (training for my upcoming assisting with undergrad classes - panic will ensue no doubt) and then lunch with a friend (panini with sweet chilli chicken) and in the evening I went to the cinema with Steve and his sisters to see Divergent. It's like a poor man's Hunger Games, warning you right now. On Wednesday I did transcribing and same on Thursday but on Thursday I also received two packages; sale purchases from Topshop (whoops but they're so good) and a little surprise package from my mom! A card, Swedish chocolate and gift tags from Tiger. It's all I've ever wanted.

On Friday I was in the office followed by dinner with my fellow students (we shared chicken wings, buttermilk chicken and peppered chicken plus about a million sides) and then we went to a pub quiz. Which we didn't win but it was still fun and for once I felt like I contributed more than once. Possibly three times. Yesterday me and Steve went for lunch and I had pulled pork in a bun with coleslaw because I would sell my soul for coleslaw. And I got chocolate flavoured instant coffee from Little's which I have wanted to try for ages! (Spoiler; it's good.) In the evening we went to a house party which did not end very early at all. In other words, I have spent my entire Sunday on the couch. I also finished the first season of True Detective and the ending was absolutely brilliant. Part of me is pleased that the next series is stand-alone (because how could they ever live up to this one?) but part of me wants to cry because I will never see moody Rust again. Oh the heartache.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Reading Hollow City

... The second book in the series Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children.

Oh, you guys. I cannot believe that I have to wait at least a year before the third book comes out. (This is like reading Harry Potter all over again but not really because nothing compares to Harry Potter.) In the second novel Jacob's adventures continue. I'm going to try to do this without spoilers, so I hope anyone reading this understands that the main character is going to survive for a while. This time the issues with hollows and wights have sort of reached a completely new level not to mention the fact that Jacob is wrestling with the things he discovered in the first book, making some very difficult decisions and also obviously love. Because there cannot be books about teenagers without romance getting involved.

Oh it was a good book. There must be a curse on second books in trilogies since they so often become bridges between two more interesting stories but this book fared pretty well. Things have gotten more serious as the situation is a lot less optimistic but it's still funny. I quite like getting to know the characters and previously the "children" were just a bunch of weirdos but their individual personalities are becoming more and more obvious. (It might've been obvious the whole time but I'm a bit slow.) I'd recommend this book if you enjoy fantasy and young adult fiction, which clearly is the best combination.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Week 14 - conference stuff

Eh, I've bought new shoes. (Two pairs... Shhh.) And that's the only picture I've taken this week because I was busy preparing for a conference (that's right, I go to conferences now), then panicking because of said conference and then actually going to the conference. What do I now know about conferences?

1. They are not as scary as they sound.
2. They serve a lot of triangle sandwiches.
3. You will feel great after attending them. As in, inspired to make your own work even better.

They are also absolutely exhausting. On Friday night I fell asleep around 10pm, in the middle of a youtube video that I was watching. Crazy times. On Saturday me and Steve ran a couple of errands, visited his sister due to birthday obligations and then had takeaway and watched Children of the Corn in the evening. I feel like movies become so much scarier when accompanied by 80s haircuts and shoulder pads. Today we have done nothing. I binge-watched Breaking Bad (season 3 now!) and because we've had such an unhealthy week we decided to take it one step further and buy red velvet cupcakes. Flawless logic, right there.

P.S. Game of Thrones starts tonight at 2am yeeeeessssss....

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

March favourites

favourite on tv/movie: True Detective has aired on Saturday nights the past month. There is no doubt about it having some serious flaws (Rust - what are you talking about? Is this meant to be some type of profound philosophical insight? Because it's sounds like crap) but it's also so very moody, dark and creepy. It's like Twin Peaks without the over-dramatic soap opera parody-style. 

Matthew McConaughey in True Detective from my Pinterest.

favourite purchase: I may have bought a pair of leather trousers and I may love them.

favourite book: As per usual I liked all the books that I read this month but at the start of the month I finished Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. Such a weird but great concept.

favourite music: I don't know what has happened to me but my latest obsession is Kid Cudi. Yeah, you heard me. Rap/RnB. I've been listening to his three latest albums and they're so good. Don't be surprised if you hear me humming "mojo so dope" because it's my new favourite song.

favourite food: I learnt how to make pork chops and we are now loving pork chops over here. Plus this month marked the start of healthy eating so I've gained a new appreciation for Sainsbury's red grapes.

favourite drink: Just enjoying my regular coffee pods. (I'm thinking about making a little coffee/tea station so that I can pretend that I'm one of the A Beautiful Mess ladies.

favourite beauty item: (Let's just put this out here: The Nars Creamy Concealer will probably forever be the favourite, so I'm going to stop mentioning it.) I bought the Revlon Matte Balm in Elusive and I love how cool I feel when I wear this matte, pink lip. Girly but cool. It's all I've ever wanted. 

favourite blog: Zipped, written by Chelsea Lane, is my new favourite fashion blog. I have read through all her posts going back a year. And that is with very little time on my hands. 

favourite event: Personally, I loved the birthday celebrations I attended a few weeks ago and work-wise I attended a symposium last week which just left me feeling so inspired and ready for more work.